Mark Sachs


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Mark has a broad practice in shipping, commodity and commercial litigation. He has conducted (either as counsel or lead partner) arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm. He also has considerable wet shipping experience having handled a variety of casualties, particularly in Asia. He has also litigated shipbuilding, construction and mining disputes.

Mark studied in China and was one of the first foreign maritime lawyers to work in China in the late 1980s. He is a fluent Mandarin (“Guoyu”) speaker and is adept at working with Chinese evidence, both oral and written.

Mark has investigated, resolved and litigated numerous marine casualties in Asia and in other parts of the world and regularly deals with the issues that arise such as jurisdiction and forum issues, obtaining and giving security, evidence gathering, investigations by local authorities, wreck removal issues and pollution. He was the lead partner in litigating and resolving salvage claims by the Chinese authorities arising out of the grounding of a laden VLCC “ATLANTIC LIBERTY”.

Mark deals with most charterparty issues and claims and has a significant London and Singapore arbitration practice.  In London arbitration he was the lead partner in a significant arbitration arising out of a cancellation dispute involving the vessel “ATALANTA” which has spawned consequential High Court litigation in Westwood Shipping Lines and Weyerhaeuser NR Company v. Universal Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH [2012] EWHC 1394 and [2012] EWHC 3837. As well, in recent years Mark has been involved in major litigation arising out of insolvency claims in shipping. He was lead partner in defending anti-suit injunction proceedings in Essar Shipping v. Bank of China [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 427.

Mark was counsel in Canadian Federal Court and Court of Appeal litigation arising out of the listing and salvage of car carrier “COUGAR ACE” that resulted in the scrapping of 4,000 Mazda vehicles: Mazda Canada Inc v. COUGAR ACE [2008] FCA 219.


Mark joined Thomas Cooper as a partner in 1996 with 10 years prior experience practicing in Canada and Shanghai. Mark opened the firm’s Singapore office in 1996. His first degree was in Chinese Literature (First Class) from the University of BC (1982) followed by an LLB (1986). He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and was admitted as an English solicitor in 1998.

Mark Sachs highlighted as a recommended Lawyer.
Legal 500 UK, 2019
Mark Sachs highlighted as a recommended Lawyer.
Legal 500, 2018
Mark Sachs highlighted as a recommended Lawyer.
Legal 500, 2017
Active both on litigation and arbitration matters, Mark Sachs has a strong wet practice that focuses on wreck removals, pollution and salvage. He also handles dry disputes such as charter party and insolvency-related cases and has extensive experience in the Chinese shipping market.  
Chambers Asia, 2017
Mark Sachs focuses on dry and wet work and has considerable experience of working in China and with Chinese clients. He has been involved in many marine casualty cases throughout the world, and sources have "a lot of respect" for "this very capable lawyer..."
Chambers Asia
Mark Sachs handles various wet and dry matters and is seen by clients as a "superb lawyer who knows how to fight the good fight." He is particularly active in China and acts for numerous Chinese clients...
Chambers Global